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  • Southall Travel Wins Jet Airways Best Overall Agent Award Yet Again

    Southall Travel has bagged the ‘Best Overall Agent Award 2010-2011’ from Jet Airways, one of the leading airlines based out of India that operates international flights around the world and domestic flights in India. This is the fourth consecutive time Southall Travel has won this award.

    Southall Travel was honoured with the award during the Agents Awards night held at the Gloucester Millenium Hotel in London on Wednesday, the 12th of October 2011.

    The award was presented to Mr Jaymin Borkhatria, Director of Sales, Southall Travel by Jet Airways’ Mr. Sudheer Raghavan, Executive Vice President, Commercial and Mrs. Lydia Nazareth, General Manager Sales, UK and Ireland. Southall

    Mr. Paras Borkhatria, Area Sales Manager of The Holiday Team, which is Southall Travel’s wholesale division and Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Account Manager, Jet Airways were also present at the event.

    The travel agency has won the accolade for four successive years starting 2007-2008. The company closed the year 2010-2011 with a sales figure of around £243 million.

    Official Website: http://www.southalltravel.co.uk/

  • Southall Travel Makes to Sunday Times Top Track 250 Again

    London, 9 November 2011 – Southall Travel celebrates another landmark achievement by making it to the renowned Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table of Britain's leading mid-market private companies with the biggest sales. The 7th Annual Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 awards dinner was held on the 13th October at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

    The dinner was attended by owners and directors of country's leading mid-market private companies including Aston Martin, Bet365, Center Parcs, Pret A Manger, Berry Brothers, Graff Diamonds, Republic and Warburtons. Mr. Jaymin Borkhatria, Director of Sales, Southall Travel represented the company at the event and collected the award.

    Ian Henley, head of Corporate and Structured Banking at HSBC (title sponsor of the league table), and Mo Merali, partner and head of private equity at Grant Thornton (league table sponsor for the second time) welcomed the guests at the gala occasion.

    Southall Travel has made it to the influential list for the second consecutive year. It ranked 141 in the list, up from 148 last year with sales of £243 million for the year ending March 2011, compared to £203 million the previous year.

    Southall Travel is one of the ten companies from the travel and tourism sector that found a place in this year's Sunday Times Top Track 250. Gatwick Airport, Center Parcs, Lotus Group, Travelodge and Holiday Extras are some other travel-related businesses that are awarded a listing in the prestigious league.

    Southall Travel's Managing Director Kuljinder Bahia expressed his delight on the development and emphasized on the company's strong relationship with its suppliers as well as clients.

    Mr. Bahia said, "I'm extremely proud to be one of the very few travel agents to make the list and it is a great accolade for us. I'm thankful for our strong relationship with our suppliers and to our customers, many of whom book with us time and time again.”

    "The economy means trading continues to be difficult for the whole industry but we have a talented team in place and we continue to invest in new technology, broadening our product range and call centre productivity.”

    The companies on the Top Track 250 league table account for 5% of UK GDP.

    Notes to Editors
    Southall Travel is one of the leading travel agencies in the UK and serves thousands of travellers every day. The company is renowned to churn out some of the best deals in terms of flights and hotel packages to world wide destinations with high degree of expertise in holiday packages and cheap flights to India, Indian Ocean, Far-East and Middle East destinations. Southall Travel also operates a wholesale division, The Holiday Team and a corporate division, Applehouse Travel.

    Southall Travel's efficient and a highly user friendly website, http://www.southalltravel.co.uk is an important segment of the company's business. The ‘verisign secured' and ‘securitymetrics' certified website is highly popular among holidaymakers and is visited by hordes of travellers every day assisting them in their quest for cheap flights and hotel bookings. Travellers can also find a great deal of relevant and valuable air travel information on the portal. Southall Travel is certified by ABTA, IATA and ATOL, and enjoys great credibility and popularity.

  • Southall Travel Featured in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 League Table

    Southall Travel in Sunday Times Top Track 250London, 18 October 2010 - Southall Travel, one of the leading travel agencies in the country, has been listed in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 list of the UK's most successful mid-market private companies. The Sixth Annual Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 awards dinner was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on the night of 14th October and was attended by owners and directors of country's leading mid-market private companies. The sixth annual Top Track 250 league table supplement was published in The Sunday Times on 17 October 2010 with HSBC as the title sponsor.

    Southall Travel Featured in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 League TableThe award was received by Mr. Jaymin Borkhatria, Director of Sales for Southall Travel Ltd.

    Showing up amongst some of the most well known mid-market brands, Southall Travel is the only travel agency in the UK to be included in the influential league table. The agency recorded astounding sales of £203.1 million for the year ending March 2010 and was ranked at 148th place.

    Mr. Kuljinder Bahia, Managing Director of Southall Travel's expressed his pleasure with the listing. "This is the first time we've been ranked in the Top Track 250 and I'm extremely proud to be the only travel agent to make the list," he said.

    Mr Bahia commended the entire team of Southall Travel and applauded their fruitful efforts. "Trading conditions have been difficult this year for the whole industry but we have a talented team in place and we have worked hard to innovate through online marketing, new technology, broadening our product range and call centre productivity." Mr Bahia stated.

    "The listing is a great accolade for us and something we can use within our own marketing. We sit alongside some leading brands such as Harrods and Weetabix but also other outstanding businesses in their field." he said on the occasion.

    Expressing his gratitude towards the agency's suppliers and customers, Mr. Bahia observed, "I'm thankful for our strong relationship with our suppliers and to our customers, many of whom book with us time and time again."

    It must be noted that Southall Travel was also listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list in the year 2005.

    Official website: http:www.southalltravel.co.uk

  • Southall Travel Bags “Favourite Tour Operator to India” Award

    London, UK 6 May 2010 – The UK-based Southall Travel does not show any signs of letting up on its marathon award winning spree. The company bagged the prestigious Incredible India Award at the 13th Eastern Eye Annual Asian Business Awards event held in London on 26th March 2010. The accolade which the agency received for being the ‘Favourite Tour Operator to India’ was jointly presented by Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan (Member Parliament) Minster of State for Transport & Mr. Ramniklal Solanki – CBE, Editor in chief Eastern Eye. The event was attended by over a 700 strong audience.

    Favourite Tour Operator AwardEastern Eye, part of Britain’s largest Asian publishing house has been an iconic brand for more than 20 years and provides an extensive coverage on British - Asian business affairs through an admired weekly newspaper in the UK and a highly popular website. The Conservative Party chief executive, Mr Andrew Feldman, was among the numerous dignitaries adorning this star studded event. Mr Feldman also delivered the grace prior to a lavish four course dinner that absolutely befitted this occasion. This award ceremony saw Southall Travel rubbing shoulders with some of the top Asian business initiatives in the United Kingdom. Perceived to be experts in flights, hotels and packages, this UK travel agent has emerged as a piping hot shopping choice especially for people seeking flights to India.

    The award holds further significance in the light of the fact that Southall Travel becomes one of those elite Asian businesses that have shown tremendous potential in the face of a depressed economy. Upon receiving the award, Mr. Shuban Kotwal, General Manager – Tour Operations expressed his high appreciation for strong faith that traveller’s repose in the company. “This award is a remarkable achievement and Southall Travel would like to thank all those who trusted us with their travel needs and our company will remain committed to consistently providing the superior quality travel services”, observed Mr. Kotwal.

    On a daily basis, Southall Travel aids approximately 1000 people with their travel itineraries. The website of the company, http://www.southalltravel.co.uk is flooded with travel related information, cheap flights offers for holidays to India and rest of Asia, package deals to some of the most sought after Asian destinations.

  • Middle East Aviation Sector to Witness Massive Expansion

    The aviation sector of the Middle East is undergoing restructuring on a war footing. Those planning a trip to the region in the near as well as distant future would be able to choose from a plethora of flight options to different parts of the world. For instance, Gulf Air would add Suleimaniya to its network and the city is set to become the airline’s second Iraqi destination. Furthermore, the airline would also start serving Basra. Similarly, Oman Air would start services to Lahore, Islamabad, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Kuala Lampur.

    In case you are travelling to UAE and have India on your itinerary, then flydubai would serve as a good connection from Dubai offering cheap flights to India. This is Dubai’s first budget airline and has recently received approval from the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation to start three weekly flights to Lucknow, India. The Indian destinations of Coimbatore and Chandigarh are also in the pipeline. Very soon, flydubai would be starting flights to Assiut, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey as well. So, this year you can visit Istanbul, the venue of the European Capital of Culture for as low as AED450 and Egypt for AED350. These developments come on the heels of the introduction of flights to Kuwait and Muscat.

    In the Eastern African sector, Ethiopian Airlines is in the process of completing partnership negotiations with the Star Alliance. The airline is also replacing its ageing Fokker 50 fleet with the swanky Q400s and B737-800s. The old B767s would also be phased out once the orders for the ten B787s, twelve A350s, and five B777-200LRs fall through.

    Almost every branch of the aviation sector is in for major makeovers. A case in point is the agreement between Royal Jordanian and Jordan Kuwait Bank for the introduction of a MasterCard credit card called Fly and Plus. Cardholders who are members of the Royal Jordanian Frequent Flyer Program can add points to their status whenever they fly Royal Jordanian or any other oneworld alliance flight.

    Cardholders who are Jordan Kuwait Bank customers are awarded one point whenever they spend ten Jordanian Dinars on local or global transactions. New cardholders receive 100 Royal Plus Points when they join the program. MasterCard meets the requirements of both business and leisure travellers who require a readily available flexible and convenient mode of making payments.

    So, be it fleet expansion, addition of new routes and flights to hot destinations like India and rest of Asia, or corporate tie-ups, the picture clearly states that the face of the Middle Eastern Aviation industry is all set to undergo a sea change.

  • Southalltravel.co.uk Wins The Best Consolidator Award 2009 by Kenya Airways

    In what is seen as another leap forward, the UK based Southall Travel has recently bagged the ‘Best Consolidator’ Award for 2009 from Kenya Airways, one of the most renowned air carriers in Africa. Mr. Bruce Watson, Sales Manager UK and Ireland, Kenya Airways presented the award to Mr. Jaymin Borkhatria, Director of Sales, Southall Travel at an agency-appreciation lunch and awards ceremony organised by the airline at the Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, London. Also present at the event were Ms. Salina Hussein, the Key Account Manager for Southall Travel at Kenya Airways, and the representatives of some of the distinguished travel agencies in the country.

    Southalltravel.co.uk Wins The Best Consolidator Award 2009. The gala luncheon event was put together to award the agents for their support to Kenya Airways. “The award with the ‘highest sales turnover between January and December 2009’ as the criteria for judging the best consolidator, is the true indication that southalltravel.co.uk is a preferred choice of travellers not only for Middle-Eastern, Asian and Far-East destinations but also for the African destinations”.

    Best Consolidator Award by Kenya AirwaysOn winning the award, Mr Jaymin Borkhatria commented that “it is an honour to get this award especially because we are fairly new player in Africa”. The award from Kenya Airways is definitely another feather in the company’s cap as it follows the recent accolade of similar nature conferred upon the agency by the renowned Indian carrier, the Jet Airways.

    Southall Travel has gained phenomenal popularity in past few years and has emerged to become a high equity brand which Mr. Borkhatria attributed to the great sensitivity that the company has towards its customers and the sharp understanding of their travel needs. “The company remains steadfast and determined in becoming a household name in the country by maintaining its pre-eminent position in the international travel business,” expressed Mr. Borkhatria.

    Notes to Editors
    Southall Travel has become increasingly popular as a preferred travel agency serving millions of travellers every year. The agency is a consolidator for all major airlines world wide and caters to those looking forward to book cheap flights, hotels and package deals to destinations across the world. Generally believed to be the experts in flights to India and the rest of Asia, the company has of late been able to establish itself as a global destination expert. With an efficient and a highly user friendly website, www.southalltravel.co.uk, the agency has reached out to millions and gained tremendous popularity as a quality holiday provider. Southall Travel is an ABTA Member and is certified by IATA. The company operates with an ATOL licence for the greater financial credibility. In addition the company’s website possesses a securitymetrics’ site certification and also uses the services of VeriSign to protect the interest of its users.

  • Pros and Cons of booking flights with a Travel Agent – Case Study

    It is true that there are two sides to a coin and the phrase does ring true whenever the issue of pros and cons of travel agents is considered. However, most travellers claim that the merits of hiring travel agents far outweigh the demerits of planning independent travel. Let us together find out whether this is true or not. For instance, if you are looking up information on something as offbeat as India flights, the Internet may boggle you with a clutter of information. On the other hand, a travel agent with specific trade knowledge and insider network would save you those countless hours of Internet research and get you a cheap deal which you possibly may not even hear about elsewhere. However, it is also a fact that agents often charge a fee for flight bookings. Besides, you have no way of knowing whether the agent is holding out on you and has a better deal tucked away for some other higher paying customer.

    Agents are also known to manipulate customers towards those airlines, hotels, and other clients that pay them fatter commissions. Sometimes, agents sell easy package deals rather than take the pain of finding out what is best for you. Thankfully, such scenarios are not too common as there are many companies out there in a cutthroat competition to woo the passenger. You can always get in touch with multiple travel agents to pick from the best deals available.

    Now let us consider a very important issue and that is safety. Assuming that you are planning a dream vacation to some place as far away as India, a small mistake can make that dream a nightmare. Going by the suggestions of some of the biggest travel gurus, undertaking long distance unfamiliar travel should be best left to renowned travel companies. It is commonsense that booking online for such adventurous travel may not be too wise. You have to be absolutely sure of millions of things – the authenticity of the website, the published information, the particular area you wish to travel to, and how tourist friendly the people are, and the best available flights.

    It is true that relying upon travel agents does have its fair share of issues. A major complaint is that freedom is restricted as one has to stick to the itinerary planned by the agent. Besides, even travel companies are known to disappear with your money. However, as far as the former is concerned, one needs to be proactive in the planning of the itinerary. Clearly stating your expectations, requirements, and budget can go a long way in ensuring a satisfactory experience. Regarding the latter, be rest assured that no big travel company will do this. This only happens with fly by night operators and it is the traveller’s call to select a company with good references.

    It appears that the benefits of hiring a travel agent like www.southalltravel.co.uk in the United Kingdom are manifold. You don’t have to face excruciating troubles like Visa arrangement and endless paperwork. In fact, the might of the UK government protects you and your money if you choose a travel company certified by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) or ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s License). With so many facilities, it is unsurprising that every seasoned traveller advices in the favour of travel agents.

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  • Most famous Hill Stations in India

    If your idea of a perfect summer holiday destination is one that offers breathtaking views, picturesque landscapes and clean fresh air redolent with the scent of pine trees and herbs then you should head to any of the hill stations like Darjeeling, Kasauli, Kashmir, Kodaikanal, Manali, Mt.Abu, Mussorie Nanital, Ooty, Shimla and Ranikhet just some of the destinations that bring pleasant memories to mind.

    Usually, to reach any hill stations in India one needs to aboard a metre-gauge train from the nearest railway station. As the train begins to chug along the tracks you would realize that the train journey itself is a treat to the senses. Each curve in the mountain-trail presents some breathtaking views worthy of any postcard and the most thrilling part of the journey comes when the train howls through dark tunnels enveloping everyone in complete darkness.

    One can experience absolute bliss and tranquillity in these exotic destinations. A mountain trek on a bicycle is perhaps the best way to explore a hill station. What they offer is breathtaking beauty; the sight of hills covered with lush greenery and meadows ablaze with wild flowers, terraced fields, waterfalls and spring-fed streams is a sight to behold. It is perhaps the quietest way to enjoy the hills. One gets to see abundant flora in these hill stations: pines, cedars, himalayan oaks, rhodendrons, wild cherries and so forth, the astonishing variety is for all to see.

    Most international carriers offer daily/weekly flights to India that land in Delhi, Mumbai or any other metro. Package deals are the best option as they provide customers the choice of availing bundled offers which include air-tickets and hotel reservations. Customers save themselves from the hassle of booking tickets and rooms separately while agents benefit from higher revenues.

    Summers are usually the best time for visiting any hill station in the North of India or if you plan to visit a destination down south then the best time would be from November to March. Ensure that your bookings are made months in advance, so that you get the best deals on airfare and hotels and the maximum value for your hard earned money.

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